A diver swims above an anchor
A diver swims past a large anchor and scattered wreckage on North Point Reef.

Vessel Type: Motor: propeller

GPS Location: N45° 00.460’ W83° 14.990’

Depth: 16 feet

Wreck Length: 190 feet

Beam: 30 feet

Gross Tonnage: 709

Cargo: Lumber

Launched: 1857 by Luther Moses at Cleveland, Ohio

Wrecked: September 24, 1872

Mooring Buoy Data

Description: The shallow water and rocks at North Point Reef in Thunder Bay have contributed to the loss of many ships, including the propeller Galena in 1872. After running hard aground, the ship quickly went to pieces. Today, Galena is scattered, flattened, and intermingled with the wreckage of several other shipwrecks, both schooners and propellers, lost in a similar fashion.

Great Lakes Maritime Collection digital archive:

Pieces of wood from a shipwreck
The flattened remains of a wooden vessel on North Point Reef.